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9/25/19 Current obesity rates linked to dietary habits from decades ago; What consumers eat as children can predict how their diet will develop as adults Consumer Affairs
10/18/19 5 reasons to encourage your child to eat school lunch Coronado Eagle-Journal
1/28/20 Pilot program to track how food security affects education Crain's Detroit Business
10/14/20 School cafeteria debt dropped dramatically in recent months Daily Times Chronicle
12/25/18 This is what the USDA will and will not do during a government shutdown Des Moines Register
11/15/18 Minnesota district receives more food and supplies for significantly less effort District Administration
11/23/18 A financial feast for K12 schools; How districts can save money and boost nutrition through cooperative purchasing District Administration
3/12/19 School lunch nutrition finds new flavors District Administration
10/25/20 How schools can build physical activity into classroom instruction District Administration
4/8/21 California moving to pioneer free meals for all students EdSource
5/21/20 Health Experts Say Schools Can Reopen in the Fall — But With Some Big Changes EdSurge
9/16/20 What Should Recess — and Play — Look Like in a Socially Distanced World? EdSurge
3/19/19 Success with Meatless Mondays depends on staff training, 'well-prepared' recipes Education Dive
4/25/19 These 3 tactics are helping schools tackle food insecurity Education Dive
6/25/19 Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility Education Dive
8/31/19 US attorney: States can't sue feds over lunch program changes Education Dive
10/25/19 Report: Afterschool Nutrition Program shows significant expansion, but needs more funding Education Dive
2/15/20 FRAC report finds 12.4M students received free and reduced-price breakfasts last year Education Dive
3/13/20 School meal assistance proposals in House coronavirus response act Education Dive
5/13/20 School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer Education Dive
1/25/19 Shutdown Day 32: School Districts Step Up to Help Students and Families Education Week
10/18/19 Why 20-Minute Lunch Periods Aren't Good for Students Education Week
10/18/19 5 Strategies to Stop the School Lunch Time Crunch Education Week
3/12/20 Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students Education Week
4/15/20 School Meals: Court Strikes Down Trump Rollback of Nutrition Standards Education Week
5/18/20 USDA Extends Waivers to Help Schools Feed Hungry Kids During COVID-19 Closures Education Week
8/25/20 Schools Sound the Alarm as Key COVID-19 Meal Waiver Is Set to Expire Education Week
10/6/20 Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Makes it Easier for Schools to Feed Hungry Kids Education Week
10/30/20 Districts Anxious About Plunge in Meal-Program Applicants Education Week
1/15/21 As Demand for Food Grows Under Coronavirus, Schools Step Up Education Week
1/15/21 In Houston, School Meals Are About Expanding Equity and Improving Climate Education Week
1/15/21 Creating a Menu of Healthy School Meals, While Seeking Student Input Education Week
1/22/21 Biden Signs Executive Order to Boost Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals Education Week
2/18/21 Is lunchtime the ‘weak link’ in school reopening plans? Education Week
2/19/21 Timing of food stamps can affect students’ test scores, study finds Education Week
6/11/18 Want to Build a Better Recess? Researchers Have a Framework for You Education Week blog
8/6/20 How to Help Students Get Used to Masks Edutopia
3/25/19 Why Lunch, Exercise, Sleep, and Air Quality Matter at School EdWeek
4/4/19 Schools Are Feeding Hungry Students With Meals That Would Have Gone to Waste EdWeek
12/14/18 Trump Administration Further Relaxes School Lunch Rules EdWeek Blog
12/21/18 Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It. EdWeek blog
1/14/19 How the shutdown is starting to impact schools EdWeek Blog
6/15/20 COVID-19 heightens fears about child hunger over summer break Faribault Daily News
9/8/18 The 2018 USDA Food Insecurity Report is Bleak Fast Company
12/31/20 Summer Food Service Program; 2021 Reimbursement Rates Federal Register
5/1/19 Study Shows Children More Likely To Face Hunger Than Overall Population Across America Feeding America via PR Newswire and Yahoo
10/25/20 Study: Participation in afterschool nutrition programs was rising before pandemic Fern's Ag Insider
1/17/19 Raising intuitive eaters Food & Nutrition blog
4/30/19 HHFKA had significant nutrition impact on school meals Food Management
4/30/19 Milk machine helps curb waste at elementary school Food Management


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“You’ve all been amazing this week. Thank you for your hard work and time in serving summer meals. To see all the youth going ham on the food is AMAZING!”
Christa DeBoer, Nutrition Program Director : Youthprise